The “Pakistan Center for Excellence (PACE)” is a training program for teachers from KPK and FATA.
The “Pakistan Center for Excellence (PACE)” is a training program for teachers from KPK and FATA. Teachers at PACE will have the opportunity to learn, discuss and debate local, national and global issues in an open and reflective environment. Besides acquiring soft-skills (critical thinking, non-violent conflict resolution and interpersonal communication skills) they will be exposed to other cultures and practices through various means of communication (lectures, discussions, videos, information materials, group assignments etc.) to help them unlearn biases towards “others”. They are expected to promote peace, pluralism and social cohesion among their colleagues and students upon their return to their respective institutions and communities. The proposed project therefore, advocates the re-conceptualization of teachers’ role as “harbingers of change” for peace, non-violence and democratic consolidation and seeks a positive behavioral change among the target beneficiaries.
The Foundation has recently organized a three-day Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop in the premises of prestigious University of Peshawar from 26-28 December, 2012 for high school teachers of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa & FATA in collaboration with United States Institute of Peace (USIP). 32 teachers from various high schools of Peshawar, Swat, Dir, Nowshera, Charsadda and FATA have been trained as Master trainers by imparting the transferable knowledge and skills in Peace Education, Conflict Resolution, Cultural Pluralism, Social Cohesion and Interfaith Harmony. The training workshop was formaly innagurated by the honurable Vice Chancelleor of University of Peshawar, Prof. Dr. Qibla Ayaz . The trained teachers will in turn train the teachers of their respective schools on the acquired knowledge and skills.
The primary objective of the TOT was to sensitize and train teachers to:
a) acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes to think critically.
b) promote a culture of tolerance and pluralism by educating their colleagues and students about the significance of peace, non-violence and social cohesion, and
c) create a counter narrative to extremsit discourse for sustainable peace in the society.